Crusaders - a brief rugby history
Colours: Jersey: Red with White stripes Shorts: Black with White stripes Socks: Red with Black tops & White stripes
Home Ground: AMI Stadium, Addington, Christchurch
Acting Chairman: Grant Jarrold
CEO: Colin Mansbridge
The most appearances is by Wyatt Crockett (154)
The most points scored is by Dan Carter (1,708)
The most tries scores is by Caleb Ralph (52)
The Crusaders were formed in 1996. They represent the New Zealand Rugby Provincial Unions of Buller, Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury, Sth Canterbury, Tasman & West Coast.
The 2019 head coach is Scott Robertson. He is assisted by Brad Mooar, Ronan O'Gara & Jason Ryan.
Previous head coaches were: Todd Blackadder, Robbie Deans, Wayne Smith & Vance Stewart.
The 2019 squad is:
Forwards: Alaalatoa Michael; Allan Harry; Barrett Scott; Blackadder Ethan; Douglas Whetu; Dunshea Mitchell; Franks Owen; Funnell Ben; Harmon Billy; Jager Oli; Makalio Andrew; Moody Joe; Perry Tim; Read Kieran; Romano Luke; Sanders Tom; Strange Quinten; Taufua Jordan; Taylor Codie; Todd Matt; Whitelock Sam (C).
Backs: Bateman Tim; Bridge George; Cameron Brett; Crotty Ryan; Dagg Israel; Drummond Mitch; Enari Ere; Ennor Braydon; Faingaanuku Leicester; Goodhue Jack; Hall Bryn; Havili David; Hunt Mitchell; Jordan Will; Mataele Manasa; Mo'unga Richie; Punivai Ngane.
They play 8 Home games against: Hurricanes; Chiefs; Brumbies; Highlanders; Lions; Sharks; Blues; Rebels.
They play 8 Away games against: Blues; Reds; Highlanders; Waratahs; Hurricanes; Bulls; Stormers; Chiefs.
They finished in 1st position at the end of the 2018 round-robin stages, going on to win the final.
They have finished in the top 6 of the round-robin stages of the Super competition 19 times out of 23 years.
Their worst finish was last out of 12 in the first year - 1996.
In the play-offs they have featured in 13 finals, winning 9 times in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2017 & 2018.
Their average finishing position is 3.70
They are 1st on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ NZ$3.25.